Master in Teaching Math and Science (MTMS)
The Master in Teaching Math and Science (MTMS) program at Seattle Pacific University combines a Washington state Residency Certificate with a Master’s degree specifically designed for teaching secondary math and science.
Candidates in the MTMS program become effective teachers by:
The certification component of the MTMS program is 45 credits. Approximately one-third of these credits are allocated for a full-time, 42-week internship. Completion of certification courses, internship requirements, and passing program assessments qualifies candidates for a Washington state Residency Certificate. This certificate enables candidates to teach in public and private schools in Washington state. The master’s degree is earned by completing an additional 15 graduate-level credits or five classes.
Please note that tuition rates for the certification portion of the program and the master's component of the program are differentiated. While certification courses are offered at a reduced rate, students across all masters programs take the master's component classes at the regular graduate tuition rate.
All credits are offered at the graduate level. Several courses in the MTMS program are specifically aligned with mathematics and science pedagogy while others are adaptations of SPU's current Master of Arts in Teaching program.
COURSEWORK AND INTERNSHIP
Coursework begins in the summer with online and on-campus classes in learning theory, general teaching methods, curriculum design, and literacy strategies. Coursework varies depending on endorsement area to provide discipline-specific emphasis. Candidates typically enroll in classes with peers who are earning the same primary endorsement to promote collegial interdependence. Candidates usually attend on-campus classes one night a week from approximately 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Internship begins in late August as K-12 teachers return to school for in-service training. Candidates intern across the school year, while completing online and on-campus coursework. On-campus and online coursework integrates internship experiences to assist candidates in applying educational theory and research to planning, instruction, and assessment.
Candidates are paired with a mentor teacher and field supervisor in a supervised school setting. Internship is five days a week, for an entire K-12 school year, approximately 42 weeks, including in-service and end-of-the-year activities.
Candidates and mentor teachers follow a co-teaching model where responsibility for planning, instruction, management, and assessment is shared. Candidates begin internship with focused observations and progress to independent teaching. Across internship, candidates complete assignments designed to maximize field experiences, such as portfolio reflections, unit plans, and program assessments. Internship concludes with candidates returning control of classroom responsibilities to their mentor teachers.
COMPLETION OF THE MTMS DEGREE
Candidates earn the MTMS degree by completing five graduate level courses, totaling 15 credits. Classes required for the MTMS degree are not needed for certification. However, most candidates complete degree requirements immediately following certification to increase their base salary.
Candidates may delay completion of degree requirements for five years following the quarter of admission as long as active enrollment status is maintained by completing one class every four quarters. Students admitted to the MTMS program with a master’s degree need only to complete EDU 6085 to receive the MTMS degree.
Students must be continuously enrolled in required SPU courses to earn a graduate degree or until the student is officially withdrawn from the program. Exceptions to continuous enrollment must be approved by the program chair.
A student may be granted a leave of absence for up to four quarters by the program chair. Once the leave of absence has expired, the student will either enroll in graduate coursework or be dropped from the program.
The university office of Student Academic Services (SAS) requires continuous enrollment to remain admitted in a graduate program. After four quarters of non- enrollment, students will be placed in “inactive status” and will need to reapply for admission.
ADVANTAGES OF THE MTMS PROGRAM
The MTMS program recognizes the alternative routes to certification that have been identified by the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB). These routes are for individuals who possess a unique set of qualifications and wish to earn a Washington state Residency Certificate.
Applicants to the MTMS program fit one of these profiles, though all routes require a bachelor's degree.
Route 2: Currently employed staff member (such as para-educators, instructional assistants, or education aides) with a school district or private school and a minimum of one year of career-related experience
Route 3: Individuals not currently employed by a school district or private school (such as those considering career change)
Route 4: Teachers employed in a public school on a Conditional or Emergency Certificate or teachers employed in private schools
Candidates in the MTMS program must hold an accredited bachelor’s degree, preferably with a major aligned with a state-recognized endorsement area, and meet all residency certification requirements. Candidates with an undergraduate degree or major in a field not recognized as an endorsement area by Washington State may need to complete additional courses to meet content requirements.
Applications are due February 1. Qualified applicants are invited to participate in group interviews mid-to late March.
Applicants must submit the following materials for admission into the program:
Financial aid is available for qualified applicants through Student Financial Services or by calling 1-800-737-8826.
Teachers employed through Conditional or Emergency certificates may be able to remain employed in their school district or private school while completing internship requirements.
Prospective candidates are encouraged to visit the Office of the Washington Superintendent of Public
Instruction and the Professional
Educator Standards Board for additional information on becoming a teacher in
APPLICATION AND ADMISSIONS QUESTIONS
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